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July Highlights

Quench your summertime thirst with bubbly, refreshing beer. With styles and flavors for every brew-hound, visit our Beer and Cider Department for a wide variety of craft brews. New arrivals each week, keep your eyes open for these seasonal offerings:

Hop Slice Craft Session India Pale Ale with from Deschutes Brewing of Bend, OR – 4.5% alcohol by volume / 45 IBU – $8.99 per 6pk. Perfect for warm weather entertaining, this low alcohol IPA is brewed with real Meyer lemon. Pale, Munich, Carapils, Crystal, and Honey malts help build a sturdy base for the floral notes of Centennial, Galaxy, Cascade, Azacca, and Amarillo hops. The addition of tart-sweet Meyer Lemon adds a subtle and refreshing citrus kick. As an homage to the dedication of home brewers everywhere, Deschutes shares a Hop Slice clone brewing recipe here. Pair Hop Slice with seafood Ceviche or grilled chicken skewers with peanut dipping sauce.

kaidogredKai Dog Red India Pale Ale – Ghostfish Brewing of Seattle, WA – 6% alcohol by volume / 65 IBU – $7.99 per 22oz bottle. This complex seasonal offering is something new from Seattle’s first and only gluten-free craft brewery. The beer is named for Kai, the brewery’s friendly golden retriever and unofficial mascot. Kai Dog Red is a bold mix of Citra, El Dorado, and Calypso hops and the full-bodied flavor of buckwheat malt. Brewmaster Jason Yerger describes using “buckwheat as a base malt is unique. It has an earthy sweetness with cinnamon and strawberry overtones and it seems to amplify the more aromatic components of most hop varieties – perfect for an IPA.” In addition to being 100 percent gluten-free, Kai Dog Red is also made without rice, corn, or cane sugar. Pair it with smoked salmon, spicy Thai food, or the Co-op’s own Stuffed Bacon Gorgonzola burgers.

Since opening in February 2015, Ghostfish Brewing has been exploring the uncharted waters of never before-used brewing techniques and testing the limits of what can be created without wheat, barley, rye, or oats. Fans of craft (gluten-free) beer are advised to seek out Ghostfish year-round brews. Visit our Beer and Cider cooler for more gluten-free alchemy: Ghostfish’s Watchstander Stout (2015 GABF® Gold Gluten Free Beer), Vanishing Point Pale Ale (2015 Gold U.S. Open Beer Championship Gluten Free Beer), Grapefruit IPA (2015 GABF® Bronze Gluten Free Beer), and Peak Buster Double IPA.

sessioncreamSession Cream Ale from Full Sail Brewing of Portland, OR – 5.4% alcohol by volume / 26 IBU – $12.99 per 12pk. Light and refreshing, this smooth, sweet ale is a seasonal Pacific Northwest treat. Made in the “cream ale” style, Session’s brew is made with top-fermenting ale yeast, then undergoes an extended period of cold-conditioning or lagering after primary fermentation is complete. This process reduces the fruity esters and gives the beer a cleaner flavor. Low in bitterness, Session’s Cream goes down easy, making it an ideal choice for a warm summer’s day. It pours a rich golden hue with aromas of citrus and herbal hops backed with a smooth malty mid-palate, and finishes cleanly with hints of citrus and caramel. Pair it with mango-jalapeno salsa or coconut battered anything.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.